HARRISBURG, December 6, 2016 – Two Berks County economic development/transportation enhancement projects will receive much needed boosts thanks to $1.6 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funds will strengthen Muhlenberg Township’s efforts to increase safety along Fifth Street Corridor and enhance the proposed redevelopment of the Vanity Fair Outlet complex in Wyomissing and West Reading, according to Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster). Schwank worked closely with Gillen to advocate for the Wyomissing project.

According to the state legislators, $900,000 will help Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., support transit enhancements and pedestrian improvements as part of the redevelopment of the VF Outlet complex. Muhlenberg Township will receive $750,000 to improve infrastructure at multiple intersections along Fifth Street to provide safer crosswalks, install visible medians and other improvements as part of the township’s revitalization plan.

“As the township has grown, so has foot traffic along the Fifth Street Corridor, which is why we need enhanced safety features,” said Sen. Schwank. “These funds will improve the corridor for pedestrians and motorists alike and help them safely travel to and from businesses and other destinations along Muhlenberg’s main business corridor.”

“I am pleased that these important infrastructure projects are moving forward in our community,” Rep. Gillen said. 

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Contact: Jamie Klein

Sen. Judy Schwank

Phone: (610) 929-2151

jklein@pasenate.com

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